Powering Up With Technology!

Filed Under (Work) by Laura Smith on 16-11-2010

On Saturday I attended (and presented at!) the Powering Up With Technology conference, Prince George County Maryland’s annual conference promoting Technology in Education.

It was, as in years before, a wonderful event- well planned and organized, and immensely helpful for teachers, with tons of sessions designed to help all teachers integrate technology, from the novice to the expert.

This was my first time officially presenting, and, I’m hooked!  I was very nervous, but once my sessions got started everything went fine.  We had some technical difficulties, which I’ll mention later, but nothing major.  It also helped that I had a co-presenter (Yay, Mary!) so I didn’t feel so “on the spot” and alone.  Now I can’t wait for my next chance to present!  I’m already working on revamping the presentations I did and submitting them to the Maryland Society for Educational Technology annual conference.

What I Learned:

1. If you’re nervous about presenting for the first time, just do it!  You will feel better afterwards and be glad you did.

2. Co-present if possible.  That way, if there are technical difficulties, one can talk while the other fixes.

3. Check out the space ahead of time, if possible.  When we got into our room, we found that the projector remote was missing, so I had to climb up on a table to turn it on.  Also, the wires coming out of the wall were hanging open!  one of us had to hold the wire in place (and pray that we didn’t get electrocuted) while the other person talked!

4. Find out about the wi-fi/network situation ahead of time, if possible.  We were trying to present a workshop on Virtual Worlds, and the port to allow us access was blocked!  Luckily, Mary had an Animoto video and several screenshots, but it would have been nice to let the participants see the actual game live.

Finally, instead of handouts, I loved that the Conference Website had a Resources page, where attendees could download all the resources even after they got home.

A fun experience!  Can’t wait to do it again!

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